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October 26, 2010
  • Chile miners invited to vacation here
  • Tourist numbers are up
  • FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show
  • Latin music extravaganza for Xmas
Chile miners invited to vacation here
The Ministry of Tourism has invited the 33 rescued Chilean miners to vacation in the DR. The miners who were rescued after spending 69 days trapped in a mine some 700 meters below ground in the Atacama desert have been invited with all expenses paid. Dominican ambassador in Chile, Pablo Marinez made the announcement on behalf of Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia. says the story was first released by the online news service quoting a DPA wire story.
Ambassador Marinez made the point that Dominicans followed the miners' saga day by day and celebrated the happy ending. "In recognition and appreciation to these men for their proven bravery (...) the minister of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, Don Francisco Javier Garcia, through his Ambassador Pablo Marinez, has the honor of formally inviting the 33 miners and their families to vacation in the DR with expenses paid," reads the document. The note also congratulates President Sebastian Pinera for the successful rescue operation.
Tourist numbers are up
Non-resident air arrivals to the DR are up through September, compared to last year, reports the Central Bank. Central Bank statistics show that 3,514,357 air passengers visited the DR, including 134,594 more this year for the January-September period than last year. Last year, there was a decline of 66,487 travelers compared to 2008.
Travel from the US and Canada was up by 64,514 passengers, and from South America by 56,038 passengers. Travel from Europe was down 66,973 passengers during the same period, with declines in major markets in Spain, France, UK, Italy and Germany. Russian travel was up by 16,825 air passengers.
Punta Cana International Airport continues to be the leading port of entry, with 1,561,555 tourists, equivalent to 57.29% of all air arrivals. Others were Las Americas in Santo Domingo (577,830), Gregorio Luperon in Puerto Plata (317,901), Cibao in Santiago (106,919), La Romana (93,916), El Catey in Samana (47,368), La Isabela in Santo Domingo (20,283) and followed in number of arrivals.
The Central Bank says that 91% visited for recreation. 87% stayed at hotels. Most visitors were women, with a 54% to 46% breakdown. And 65% of visitors were aged between 21 and 49.
FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show
For many cruise executives and destinations, suppliers and tour operators, this is the premier industry event of the year, an opportunity to meet with key players to analyze industry trends and discuss current issues in a roundtable format. The FCCA Conference brings together over 100 cruise executives and 1,000 industry partners. For 2010, the Conference is being held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from 25-29 October. Santo Domingo's Sans Souci Port is the host for the event.
Latin music extravaganza for Xmas
As a warm-up for the Christmas holidays, the 4th Santo Domingo Music Festival takes off on Sunday, 5 December on the Santo Domingo Malecon. The event is sponsored by the City Government of Santo Domingo and Presidente Beer. There will be live performances of merengue, bachata, salsa, typical merengue, pop ballads, rock, reggaetton, DJs, hip-hop and folk dancing. Five stages will be set up on the Malecon for the free shows from Sunday afternoon through late in the evening.
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